Locksets: Durable simplicity

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Kwikset's new Society Brass Collection, including handlesets, interior knobs and levers, brings an added touch of class to front doors. The collection is available in six finishes including a new satin nickel and lifetime finish polished brass.

Shown here are handlesets in the collection.

"We focused on the desire to make a dramatic first impression," said Vicki Silver, marketing director for Titan, the premium brand of Kwikset. "The Society Brass collection is elegant, yet simple."

Handlesets in the Society Brass collection are available in four solid brass designs, while interior knobs and levers are offered in three styles. Solid brass forgings and interior fasteners provide an uncluttered appearance. The collection is backed by Titan's lifetime mechanical warranty.

The handleset's modular designs are also available with the interconnected locking system, providing a quick and easy exit since both the deadbolt and interior lockset can be opened from the inside with a single twist of the interior knob or lever.

All entry products use mechanisms rated Grade 2, by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

From Kwikset, here are some frequently asked questions:

Q: Will the lock fit my door?
A: The 780 deadbolt has a crossbore of 2-1/8" or 1-1/2". Titan handlesets have a crossbore of 2-1/8"

Q: How do I adjust the 1" adjustable latch?
A: The adjustable latch is shipped set for 2 3/8" backset. To set for 2 3/4" backset, remove black housing. Remove Slide Spacer and safely throw away. Replace black housing. Set Black Housing to this location on the latch.

Q: How do I maintain the locks?
A: To prevent the latch from malfunctioning, lubricate with a spray-in graphite once a year. Make sure the auxiliary bolt of the latch does not enter the hole of the strike plate. To prevent cylinder from malfunctioning, lubricate with a spray-in graphite once a year. To help protect the lock's finish, periodically use a non-abrasive carnuba wax or a non-lemon furniture wax.

Q: What warranties cover my lock?
A: 10 year finish, lifetime finish option, lifetime mechanical warranty.

Kwikset Titan Society Brass Collection Handlesets
DescriptionHandlesets in deadbolt and plain latch, Models 840-842, 855-858, 876-879, 881-884, 887, 889-891, 896.
FeaturesSolid brass

Available in six finishes

Interconnecting lock system available


US3: Bright brass
US5: Antique brass
US15: Satin nickel
US15A: Antique nickel
US26: Polished chrome
US26D: Satin chrome
LO3: Lifetime polished brass

Door Prep

Crossbore: 2-1/8 or 1-1/2", Edge Bore: 1", Latch Face: 1" x 2-1/4".

Crossbore: 2-1/8", Edge Bore: 1", Latch Face: 1" x 2-1/4"

LatchboltsDeadbolt:Adjustable backset fits 2-3/8" and 2-3/4" std.
Plainlatch: 2-3/8" and 2-3/4" square corner plainlatch std.

Other options available.

Door Thicknesses1-3/4" doors standard.
For 2-1/4" thick doors, special order is required.
Not designed for use on 1-3/8"
Cylinder6-pin. Can be keyed to TITAN, Kwikset and many other brand name deadlocks and locksets
Faceplates1" x 2-1/4" square corner standard.
Other options available.
Maximum security 1-1/4" x 3-5/8" square corner standard.
Maximum security 1-1/4" x 3-5/8" round corner optional.

2-1/4" full lip square corner standard.
Other options available.

BoltDeadbolt: 1" throw nickel plated steel.
Plainlatch: 1/2" throw nickel plated steel.
HandlingKnob Interior Trim: Reversible for right or left-hand doors.
Lever Interior Trim: Specify handing.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI) RatingA156.5 Grade 2 deadlock
Overall lengthAmherst: 18-23/32"
Hawthorne: 17-9/16"
Shelburne: 18-9/32"
Wellington: 18-31/32"
Function AvailabilityHandleset with Single Cylinder Deadbolt, Models:
878 Amherst
858 Hawthorne
884 Shelburne
841 Wellington

Handleset with Double Cylinder Deadbolt; Models:
896 Amherst
857 Hawthorne
883 Shelburne
876 Wellington

Interconnected Handleset with Single Cylinder Deadbolt, Models:
879 Amherst
856 Hawthorne
882 Shelburne
842 Wellington

Interconnected Dummy Handleset with Deadbolt Trim; Models:
890 Amherst
889 Hawthorne
887 Shelburne
891 Wellington

Dummy Handleset with Deadbolt Trim; Models:
877 Amherst
855 Hawthorne
881 Shelburne
840 Wellington

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